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Yakuza: Like A Dragon Is An Absolute Gift (Xbox Series X Preview)

We’ve closed the book on our beloved protagonist in Kazuma Kiryu. Through seven mainline games, we grew to care about a man who fought for the people he loved most and tried to do the right thing no matter his circumstances–and also did his best to resolve some of the most ridiculous situations of everyday people. As we enter Yakuza: Like A Dragon, we begin anew in the series with fresh faces and revamped gameplay mechanics. And after putting a few hours into it on Xbox Series X, Like A Dragon hit me with everything I love most about the series while standing strong as its own spirited game.

Every time I talk about the Yakuza games, I also point to its perfect blend of outlandish humor and captivating melodrama–consistently hitting the right notes at the right moments. It has always been outward in its expression of modern Japanese culture

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2020 French Open: Women’s Final Preview

How to watch: 9 a.m. on NBC; streaming on the NBC app.

Sofia Kenin, the Australian Open champion, is back in her second Grand Slam final of the year and the second of her career. The 21-year-old has had a breakthrough year, which is quite a feat considering she won the 2019 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

Iga Swiatek has been the biggest story of the tournament, reaching her first major final at just 19. She has not dropped a set yet and has conceded only 23 games total. In the round of 16, Swiatek faced off against Simon Halep, the No. 1 seed and the clear favorite to win the tournament, and beat her, 6-1, 6-2, in just over an hour.

The two youngsters have some similarities in their games, with both using drop shots to great effect. The cold and often humid conditions of the

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2020 French Open: Women’s Semifinal Preview

How to watch: 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Tennis Channel and 11 a.m. onward on NBC; streaming on the Tennis Channel app and NBCSN app.

Two first-time semifinalists at Roland Garros will square off, while two Grand Slam champions will meet in the other match on Philippe Chatrier Court, with all four players seeking their first appearance in a French Open final. With a guarantee that a first-time French Open champion will be crowned, nerves may be on edge, but the quality of tennis will surely be superb.

Because of the number of matches cycling through courts, the times for individual matchups are at best a guess and are certain to fluctuate based on the times at which earlier play is completed. All times are Eastern.

PHILIPPE CHATRIER COURT | 9 A.m.

Swiatek, 19,

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